Guess what? We’ve added a few wonderful opportunities to the fall calendar. The first is a short-course offered through Hereford Residential College:
Gardening with Mr. Jefferson: Sustaining an Independent Nation with Useful Plants
Tuesdays from 4-6pm, September 6-November 1, 2011
Nancy Takahashi, Lily Fox-Bruguière and Rachael Dealy Salisbury
In this Hereford Residential College short-course, we will examine the collection of useful plants housed at the Thomas Jefferson Demonstration Garden, placing them within the broader contexts of sustainability, traditional agricultural practices, the history of botanical gardens, and Jefferson’s gardening legacy. Special attention will be paid to plants and their uses, and students will participate in two hands-on workshops: “Plant-Based Dyes,” with local textile artist Lotta Helleberg, and “Plant-Based Textiles,” with Monticello head vegetable gardener Pat Brodowski. Trips to the Academical Village, Special Collections, Monticello, and the Center for Historic Plants will round out the experience. Discussion topics will include the continued importance of plants, Jefferson’s plans for a botanical garden at the University, improving soil and produce through an all-seasons approach, and the similarities and differences between 18th- and 21st-century sustainable living.
AND, we are looking for a student intern for the fall 2011 season! This student will be responsible for maintaining the garden, keeping a garden journal, writing blog entries, and assisting with special programming such as workshops and tours. To apply, please send your CV and a brief statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a paid position that requires approximately 2-3 hours per week.